Being Wrong

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Love this TED talk by Kathryn Schulz about being wrong. So many important messages and gems of wisdom. Here’s a few of my favourites …

“Trusting too much in the feeling of being on the correct side of anything can be very dangerous. This internal sense of rightness that we all experience so often is not a reliable guide to what is actually going on in the external world, and when we act like it is and we stop entertaining the possibility that we could be wrong… well thats when we wind up doing things like dumping 200 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or torpedoing the global economy. So this is a huge practical problem but it’s also a huge social problem. Think for a moment about what it means to feel right. It means that you think that your beliefs just perfectly reflect reality.”

“this attachment to our own rightness keeps us from preventing mistakes when we absolutely need to and causes us to treat each other terribly … it misses the whole point of being human.”

“the miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is … it’s that so you can see the world as it isn’t.”

“our capacity to screw up is not some kind of embarrassing defect in the human system, something we can eradicate or overcome. It’s totally fundamental to who we are.”

“if you really want to rediscover wonder you need to step outside of that tiny terrified space of rightness and look around at each other and look out at the vastness and complexity and mystery of the universe and be able to say … wow, I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong.”

One response to “Being Wrong

  1. There is wisdom being presented in all sorts of interesting ways when we choose to look.
    Being wrong is interesting at the moment. In Australia, there is a concerted effort to encourage us down the scientifically proven path of medical treatment, as that is perhaps more correct than us looking at other health options presented to us, even if there is little scientific proof.
    Sometimes things just feel right and make sense, even if they may not work for everyone. After all, there is no one correct way to do anything 100% of the time anyway.

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